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Summary

Originally published by UK Parliament

 

The briefing provides a timeline of recent Government and NHS mental health policies in England. In February 2016 an Independent Mental Health Taskforce published The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. This made a series of recommendations for the NHS and Government to improve outcomes in mental health by 2020/21, including ending the practice of sending people out of their local area for inpatient care and increasing access to talking therapies. The Government and NHS England accepted the Taskforce recommendations and committed to support their implementation.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January 2019, provided a number of further commitments to improve mental health services. On adult mental health services, the Plan committed to providing an additional 380,000 people per year with access to adult psychological therapies by 2023/24. It also stated that new services to support patients going through a mental health crisis would be introduced.

To support the ambitions within the Plan NHS England has made a renewed commitment that expenditure on mental health services will grow faster than the overall NHS budget, creating a new ringfenced local investment fund worth at least £2.3 billion a year by 2023/24.

Read the full report here.

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